Vegan Cake Shake, Rattle & Roll!

There comes a time in every girl’s life when cupcakes just aren’t good enough anymore. It happened to me, anyway. Sad, I know… but I decided to face this challenging life event by taking one of my most popular cupcakes – the Vegan Elvis Comeback Special – and turning it into a tall, frosty milkshake.

I won’t waste your time explaining the how and why because I made this nice video to waste your time with instead:

The ice cream requires several hours to set up, so I made mine one day ahead.

For the dairy-free peanut butter ice cream you’ll need:

  • 2 cups coconut (or any other non-dairy) milk
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or DIY it with this recipe)
  • 1 Tbs pure vanilla extract

Then you:

Stir the milk, peanut butter and sugar together over medium heat in a medium-sized sauce pan. Everything should melt together as you stir – bring it to a boil and stir briskly to make sure all the sugar melts. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until chilled. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker to freeze. I use the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment so it takes about 20 minutes to churn. Stick that in the freezer to firm up.

For the cupcakes you’ll need:

  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips, chopped

Then you:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your pan with paper liners. (You don’t have to make cupcakes – you can also bake this batter in an 8″ square pan or 9″ round.)
Smash the banana with a fork – it just needs to be smooshed, but it doesn’t have to be liquid.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, vanilla, almond and mashed banana. Stir or fold the wet ingredients into the dry, but don’t over mix or you’ll get tough cupcakes. Small lumps are fine. Finally, add the chocolate, folding gently. (You could also leave the chocolate out of the cake and add it to the shake at the end.)
Fill liners 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Finally you:

Throw one cupcake in the blender along with 2-3 scoops of ice cream and a splash of non-dairy milk. I went with coconut throughout because it adds a nice sweet flavor. I topped mine with Soyatoo Vegan Whipped Cream, although Melisser tells me that the mix is better because you can add sugar to taste. Topped with a cherry and poured into my Cake Boss pint glass this was a dessert fit for The King.

Thank you, thank you very much.


  1. That’ll be delicious, and the Honky Tonk Man will appreciate the fact that you named the dessert after his finishing move. His the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time, after all. πŸ˜‰

  2. The last sentence should begin with “He is…” My bad.

  3. LOVE it my 4 yr old watched the video also and wants to make this tomorrow :) chocolate, cake, and peanut butter all the necessities to make a little girl happy :) LOVE the video!

  4. Ummm I want some Natalie YUM!!!!!! You rock!!

  5. Wow this sounds amazing!!

  6. I just can’t get over how adorable you are Natalie! This recipe sounds really tasty and you make the entire video so much fun to watch! Oh, BTW, I really like your custom trivet too :)
    You are definitely are one tough cupcake, but you bake like a softie!

  7. Love it. Now I’m all shook up. Yeah.

  8. I’m with Renee – you are totally adorable. AND you come up with some awesome treats! :-)

  9. Mmmm, peanut butter, chocolate, and banana? the holy triumvirate of deliciousness! Thank you so much for this amazing and vegan-friendly recipe. Also, I want that kitchen!!

  10. FABULOUS!! I can’t wait to try it!

  11. I want this now!!! Lisa said it was awesome….I believe her and I too am obsessed with coconut milk right now…So yummy..

  12. Oh Natalie! You’re such a nerd and I <3 you for it! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  13. Yummy!! OMFG, I wish to GOD I could eat this right now! Natalie, you are just so amazing!

  14. I love it Natalie!!! Anything mentioning the Honky Tonk Man is a-okay in my book!

    The only criticism I might have, is that there should have been more of a view of you smashing the nanner. Couldn’t really see it.

  15. I love your dairy free ice cream! I don’t have a problem with dairy, but I think I’d love this just as much as regular ice cream. Love the video!

  16. I have to try this my little sister loves ice cream shakes and the video was super cute and clever! Loved it!


  18. That was so cute! Time consuming though it may be, it would be awesome if you made more little baking videos for B&D (unless you’re already doing that, in which case I’ll pay closer attention and STFU).

    Now I have to buy the ice cream extension for the KitchenAid and make some coconut ice cream. :)

  19. My video isn’t up yet, but I can tell you right now…YOU WIN! Great vlog!!!

  20. great creative recipe. You are adorable and a unique talent. Cool subtle branding in your kitchen. Best of luck!

  21. Natalie,
    your video was awesome, i am not a vegetarian or nothing, but that desert was awesome looking made me want one right now, nice job!

  22. that looks amazing!!! great job. I so want to try your vegan ice cream.

  23. Awesome video, you are so unique Natalie! The shake looks so yummy.

  24. YOU WIN! That was freakin’ adorable.
    Also, I would like to make those shakes together, please!

  25. That shake sounds absolutely amazing!!!! May just have to drag my kids to the store to get the stuff to make them!! What a treat all the way around! You said you wanted a bit of critique… The only thing I would change would be to add a bit more lighting in your kitchen. In some of the shots you can tell the lighting is behind you and it makes you a bit hard to see. Otherwise – outstanding job!! Your cute, creative, tough with all the tats, and sweet as pie about your kiddos!! I’d vote for you for sure!! Best wishes!!

  26. sorry! Kiddo. I have 3 so mention of kids with me usually comes out plural! :)

  27. First things first, LOVE YOU! you are too adorable! I really enjoyed this video and will be making it this summer with my kiddos fo sho!! My son is lactose intolerant so this is perfect for him! Thanks so much and Good Luck! We are Buddy fans too!!

  28. Very nice video, Natalie. Your kitchen is so color-coordinated its sick!

  29. “Although me and my friends are tough cupcakes”
    Love it! The shake looked amazingly delicious!

  30. Oh. My. Goodness. This recipe is amazing, I am excited to try it out and I can share it with my vegan friends!

  31. I loved it, I have been waiting all day to see it. I do agree with the mashing comment, and the lighting…not sure if you want to do it again (but I do not mind getting another taste…as I was lucky enough to get the first!)….but honestly both are not a huge its not supposed to be a pro video…its you real live awesome Natalie doing her thing and being super cute about it! I really think you can win!!!!!!!!! and if you do…can you tape Buddy saying “fondaaaaant” and I can make it a ring tone!!!

    oh..and yea, good move not having me I would have been cracking up!


  32. hey! just wanted to let you know that you rock- this recipe looks great! good luck!

  33. You are so cute! This recipe is amazing, I never thought of making ice cream with coconut milk but that sure sounds gooooood! Your Elvis could use a *little * work though! :)

  34. Love it! You are amazing. I love this so much that I shared it to my Facebook friends.

  35. looks yummy! i’m intrigued about this dairy free peanut butter ice cream!

  36. I hate bananas with the fiery passion of 10,000 suns HOWEVER, even *I* want to drink this shake & drink it NOW !!!!

    This video was full of awesome! You are a natural, Natalie!


  37. Dude- I love watching video of you cuz it fills the void until we hang out again. I hope you get to meet Buddy and let him know his pronunciation of fawn-dahnt is SPOT ON. <3

  38. Dude, amazing video and That cake shake looks like a kiss from the baby jesus! I think I may need to make one. xo

    PS Cute daisy.

  39. Umm… This looks amazing. I want ’em. I need an ice cream maker!

    Totally rootin’ for you! You need your own show. πŸ˜‰

  40. This is brilliant, Natalie! This looks amazing, you’re too cute for words, and I have to say that I love your accent. It’s like a cooler version of my Minnesotan accent. πŸ˜‰

    I am so happy you did a vegan dessert! Woot woot.

  41. I’ve had this cupcake first hand and can tell you, it’s absolutely hands down amazing. I can’t wait to try the shake- and make it vegan. I’ve shied away from most vegan things because I thought it would be hard- but this is EASY! and I’m sure tastes crazy good. Very clever commentary and step by step instructions. p.s., love the boots!

  42. Clear, concise and funny. What else do you want when explaining a recipe? Oh yeah, a tough cupcake doing the explaining!

  43. That was great, and what a good alternative idea! I’m obsessed with coconut water, so sounds good to me.

  44. U’ve got style girl….the King would be proud!!

  45. That looks DELISH! You have also made me not afraid to try to make it :) It’s something Andy & I can enjoy making together! Excellent presentation, lady!

  46. That looks delicious!
    Spread my gospel!!

  47. No Natalie – Thank You very much!
    Note to self: put the chips in the cake, put the cake in the kid
    I’ll remember this for my next babysitting adventure and or the day I start breeding. You are the best – this looks delicious! Keep up the good work!

  48. Sounds delicious! LOVE anything with Peanut butter!

  49. I just laughed so hard! Sooooo good, and I may request that impression next time I see you. Just warning

  50. Cute, witty, and OMG that shake looks some kind of yummy! Good luck! Pretty sure you would have made the king proud!

  51. you rock, did elvis like reeses peanut buteer cups?

  52. give big daddy dan a big kiss from me.
    next time more tatoos, and cow bells, more cow bells.

  53. GREAT video…..I will be bookmarking, the recipes sound fantabulous!

  54. We need to have these again this weekend and maybe some of those cookies from last night to dip in it….

  55. yum times infinity <3

  56. Gotta love the shades… style AND skills!

  57. Yum! Looks delicious Natalie! Great job on the video too. Good luck!

  58. That looks like so much fun! Will be trying this for sure πŸ˜€

  59. YUMMY! The only thing I didn’t like about this video was not getting a taste. Definitely tv worthy! Tell Buddy I said hello when you win!

  60. This shake sounds amazing! And, you did awesome in the video! No destroying the competition now… give us a chance! :)

  61. That looked amazing and fun! Can’t wait to try it.

    Thank you….thank you very much!

  62. One. You’re fabulous, and I’m so sad you’re not closer to the East Coast. (sad panda) Two. I love that I can finally put a voice and attitude to the writing. Three. Looks delicious, I’ll be making it soon. and Four. Keep it up, I adore you.

  63. Sweet! If you shoot it again the only thing I would suggest is maybe brighter lighting?? Otherwise it’s fun and the shake looks delicious! When do we vote on TLC?

  64. love the video, natalie! can’t wait to give this one a try (if summer ever makes it to the northwest!)

  65. Love it, I’m gluten intolerant so will definitely be making some gluten free vegan elvis comeback special cupcakes!! (longest cupcake title EVER)
    I also love your kitchen!!

  66. That looks delicious and I love the video! I’ve been looking for some delicious vegan dessert recipes. I’m definitely going to try this one.

  67. I love this…great idea!
    We heart all things dairy free!

    Thank you for the CP!

  68. Yes, a conversation between you and Buddy would be well worth hearing/reading!!!

  69. I have to try this some time, this is a great video and you are fantastic! Kudos!

  70. Excellent Vid!
    Good luck on getting to chat w/Buddy… you deserve it!

  71. What a great video!!!! I can’t wait to try your recipe- our 8 year old watched it with me and said, that doesn’t look too hard….let’s get an ice cream maker tomorrow
    Good luck!

  72. Just watched it again ’cause you’re so dreamy! Love the video, and your kitchen is killer.

  73. aMaZiNg !

    most creative and witty. i’m pretty sure i heard ‘the King’ roll over, but only HE made a hotter Elvis.! πŸ˜‰

    original, quick, & easy. what else can u ask for? i will surely be trying this one out with the family. thanks so much for bringing great tasting vegan recipes to light! i had found yer site by accident, but will keep checking back often.! keep up the hard work.

    DESTROY them ALL !

  74. HAHAHAHA this was awesome… I’m making this on Saturday, during my “doing nothing but whatever the hell I want to” day.

  75. You win. I’d enjoy that. The exact same way, with the stainless straw, coconut milk, and everything.
    You’re a natural. You were born to bake.

  76. Love the recipe, love your kitchen, love your Elvis impression. If you don’t win then I’ll lose what faith I have left in TLC!

  77. I have been searching for this information and finally found it. Thanks!

  78. Natalie, you are totally my favourite. This is adorable.


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